FAQs on Concert Ear Plugs
Over the past three years or so, when the Etymotic patent on musician ear plugs ran out, a lot of new "natural sound" ear plugs have come to the market. For a great combination of clear sound (just at a reduced volume), reasonable price, and good fit, I like the Crescendo line of ear plugs.
For an all around concert ear plug, the Crescendo Music is a wonderful place to start. Then, if you decide you need a little less attenuation, or a product that works better with specific kinds of music, the pro series Crescendo ear plugs are also available, but with a higher price.
You can see these and many others in our online store here: Universal Fit Musician Ear Plugs Here is a tip: The Macks Hear, Plugs are just repackaged Crescendo Music plugs, but they are a couple of dollars less: Mack's Hear, Plugs High Fidelity Musician's Ear Plugs (NRR 12) Be well...read more
It depends very much on the level of protection you need. I agree that the cheap foam ones work, because it does not drown out too much of the sound, and what you hear is still well-balanced. But you'll have to try a few that allow you to hear your own playing, but drown out the very loud sounds (speakers, brass instruments, etc.Close to you.
You could also use a lighter plug in one ear which would allow you to listen to yourself playing (to get the tuning, balance, etc.Right).read more
I went to my first concert in April of 1973, at age 16. I'm now 63 and have been to several hundred concerts. I knew the volume was probably affecting my hearing, but didn't really think it was a problem. Than a little over twenty years ago, my wife and I went to bed one night.
I laid there for a minute and then turned to her and said something like, The crickets are really noisy tonight.Did you hear them? She replied that she didn't hear anything unusual. Over the next few days I noticed I could hear crickets chirping REALLY loudly, all the time.
I went to my doctor a week or so later and he sent me to an audiologist.What did they find? 43% hearing loss in my left ear and just under 30% in my right.Diagnosis? After talking to the audiologist and admitting I was a music junkie, and had been for decades, he pretty much gave me an ultimatum.read more
Can tinnitus get worse even if I wear proper ear plugs at a concert?Unfortunately, yes. It can always get worse. There's a lot of things that can cause tinnitus and tinnitus is just a symptom of an underlying condition, such as age-related hearing loss, ear injury or a circulatory system disorder.
When change occurs in our lives, be at work or at home, stress enables our bodies to react and lets the body respond mentally, physically and emotionally. When we are stressed for long periods of time, we can become imbalanced or out of equilibrium causing our tinnitus to seem louder on some days more than others.
Go to my Profile and you can find all about Parkinsons disease material there...read more
I always carry noise-blocking earphones with me, no matter what event I go to. I'm also a musician that's deaf in one ear, so keeping my good ear good is super important to me. My rule is, if I can't hear the music, then it's low enough that it won't cause long-term damage to my ear without ear plugs.
Of course, some events start quiet and slowly raise the volume, so be careful and stay aware. If you araen't sure, go stand in the smoking area or some place quite for a few minutes and go back in. You'd be surprised at how little you notice an increase in volume, even if it gets into dangerous areas.
I should qualify this by saying that it more or less comes down to frequency. If you are only going to events once every 6 months, it's unlikely you'll suffer serious long-term damage. I go to events all the time.read more
I am serious about this. I have tested teenagers for their hearing who are referred to me from MD's. I was amazed to find a significant number of them have already developed hearing loss and speech detection difficulty due to i, Pod use for music..
Kids who otherwise don't have hearing issues must protect their ears at concerts, and locations where the decibel pressures reach 100 db. An AC/DC concert has an average of 97db ambient noise. This noise will cause noise impairment, or at least start a destructive process inside the cochlea (inner ear)Once can expect a db drop off at 1.5-1.7 db yearly .
So, in about 15 years, the high frequency processing efficiency drops rapidly resulting in speech detection, and myelin sheath degeneration on the 8th nerve, that causes leaks in the information travel to the brain, from the cochlea. Cognitive degradation begins after about 30db damage is seen.read more
Yes.I use one from Mack's called Hear, Plugs. They're designed to attenuate the sound while keeping the sound signature musical and pleasant. There are a lot of other manufacturers who make similar ones, even no-name ones online.read more
Is there a polite way to let someone know they need earplugs while performing onstage am I to understand the question pertains to earplugs; proper, as in hearing protection for high volume situations?.. In which case, I would hope that your concern is appreciated, however, probably unnecessary, as high volume is usually the goal at most concerts.
If the performer is too loud for the room, this can be brought to their attention by shouting: you are too loud, please turn down. Good luck with that. Or, have you mistaken an In-Ear-Monitor system for simple earplugsif this is the case, you are obviously not a professional, and the use of IEMs is of the realm of professionalsyour concern, however warranted, is as uncalled for, and will be as unheeded as it would be in recommending to an auto mechanic as to when to apply a torch or ball peen hammer.read more